Photo Release — USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Arrives at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding Division to Start its Refueling and Complex Overhaul


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (May 6, 2021) -- Aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) arrived at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division today to start its refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) after years of advance planning.

USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Arrives
USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) arrives at Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding division on May 6, 2021 to begin its mid-life refueling overhaul and maintenance availability. The ship will be the seventh Nimitz-class aircraft carrier to undergo its refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH). Photo by Ashley Cowan/HII

“For the last three years, we have planned each step of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) RCOH, including procuring long lead-time materials, conducting shipboard inspections and readying our facilities for this extensive engineering and construction project,” said Todd West, Newport News’ vice president, in-service aircraft carrier programs.

“We look forward to continuing our work with the ship’s crew and our 579 vendors across 36 states that provide material and services which brings stability of this industrial base and is critical to our ability to continue to build and maintain the Navy fleet our Navy and nation needs,” West added.

Stennis is the seventh Nimitz-class carrier to undergo this major mid-life availability, representing 35% of all maintenance and modernization completed during its 50-year service life. Over the next four years, Newport News will perform hull and freeboard blast and paint, repairs to its propellers, sea chests, shafts, and rudders and defueling and refueling of its power plant.

This effort, which will continue through late 2025, will produce a recapitalized carrier capable of supporting current and future warfare doctrine while continuing to operate as the centerpiece of the Navy fleet and national defense for another 25 years.


About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division supports national security missions around the globe with unmanned systems, defense and federal solutions, and nuclear and environmental services. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs more than 41,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

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